The Museums Quartier Wien houses several autonomous artistic institutions, ranging from a creativity centre for children to a classical art museum, from headquarters for dance, film, architecture and theatre to forums for new media and art theatre.
Vienna has built a museum quarter that is one of the ten largest cultural districts in the world. A decade in the construction, at a cost of two billion shillings, it is Austria's bid to outdo the giant art monoliths in the USA, with the distinct advantage of featuring beautiful old architecture.
The Museums Quartier Wien houses several autonomous artistic institutions, ranging from a creativity centre for children to a classical art museum, from headquarters for dance, film, architecture and theatre to forums for new media and art theatre. A plethora of shops and restaurants surround the complex, which has also become the main venue for the Vienna Festival, the city's foremost annual event
World-class museums to be found in the area include the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna's premier exhibition space for international contemporary and modern art; the Leopold Museum, important for modern Austrian art, including the Secession, Viennese Modernism and Expressionism, as well being home to the largest collection of work by Egon Schiele; and the Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK) (previously The Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (MMKSLW)), one of Europe's largest collections of modern and contemporary art.
The area's architecture represents a fusion of the original 18th-century buildings with modern work. The former were renovated by Manfred Wehdorn, while a separate team, Laurid Ortner, were engaged for the latter. The aim is to provide physical and historic links between old and new, art and recreation, audience and architect. Vienna is one of the few European metropoli to have achieved harmony between ancient and modern in its cityscape.
The Museums Quartier launches an extra summer programme for the young and trendy visitors between May and September.
Photo: © MuseumsQuartier Wien. Ali Schafler
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna